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Michael A. Baston JD, EdD

Michael A. Baston, JD, EdD

Michael A. Baston, JD, EdD

President of Rockland Community College

Brucker Hall, Room 6205


Michael Anthony Baston is the 7th president of Rockland Community College. He joined Rockland from LaGuardia Community College, where he served as the Vice President for Student Affairs and Associate Provost. Noted for better integrating and aligning the academic and student affairs functions, Dr. Baston also helped grow LaGuardia’s grant funding to support new and creative interventions for student retention and success, with a special focus on diverse and underserved student populations.

Dr. Baston’s work has been featured in the Chronicle of Higher Education, Atlantic, Diverse Education, Community College Times, Education Advisory Board, MSNBC, and Handbook for Student Affairs in Community Colleges. An American Association of Community Colleges Pathways coach, Dr. Baston supports college leadership teams in integrating student success initiatives to advance college completion through guided pathways. Dr. Baston was selected as a member of the inaugural class of Aspen Institute Presidential Fellows for Community College Excellence where he explored systemic issues impacting the educational access pipeline and student success.

Dr. Baston began his career as a public interest lawyer representing various educational institutions and social justice organizations. His work with academic clients led him to pursue a second career in academia as both a professor of legal studies and business and a student affairs administrator. Dr. Baston holds a BA from Iona College, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, and an EdD from St. John Fisher College. Dr. Baston and his wife, Tasha, live in Rockland County, NY.